Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Orthopedics and Regenerative Medicine

An integral part of the Boca Trauma and Rehab team is our sports medicine department.  A primary care sports medicine physician is specially trained in the care of nonsurgical orthopedic conditions and other injuries or disorders commonly seen in athletes and physically active individuals of all ages. Approximately 90% of all musculoskeletal, car accident injuries, and sports related injuries are non-surgical. As such, sports medicine physicians can maximize non-operative treatments such as joint injections, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections, Trigger point injections, and stem cell injections. A physician in this field helps to manage and coordinate care of injuries in a way that helps patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work or school. They focus on treating the whole patient to prevent injuries, improve performance and enhance overall health.

Break the Pain Cycle with Trigger Point Injection Therapy

Trigger points are painful “knots” in your muscles, often caused by injury or overuse of the muscle. A trigger point injection (TPI) can help soothe muscle pain, especially in your upper back and neck. It also can be used to treat fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain.
Injecting small amounts of anesthetic into the trigger point can help alleviate the pain and is an effective alternative to prescription medicines. As the medication does its work, blood flow will improve, and the body will start to heal itself. Often, sustained relief can be achieved with just a few visits.

How Is a Trigger Point Injection Done?

While either seated or lying down, your doctor gently presses on the muscle to locate the trigger point. Then, they insert a tiny needle into the area and inject anesthetic. Several trigger points can be treated during one visit, and the procedure only takes a few minutes

Joint Injections

If you are having a difficult time finding relief from joint pain from medications or physical therapy, a joint injection may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Joint injections are non-surgical procedures that apply a solution of anesthetic and corticosteroid directly to damaged joint tissue. This can provide you with the relief you need to participate in physical therapy exercises or return you to your active lifestyle that may have been too difficult for you before.
Joint injections can be applied to any joint: knees, hips, shoulders, wrists, and more. Although not a permanent solution to joint pain, it can provide long-term relief that will last for several months. It is even effective in treating non-curable conditions like arthritis. Once the injection is administered, the anesthetic should provide immediate relief.  As the steroid starts to take effect, inflammation will lessen and you should feel the results of the treatment within a few days.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP therapy is a safe, effective and all-natural way to heal damaged joints and soft tissue in order to alleviate chronic pain. PRP consists of a small sample of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then injected into the injured area. PRP has been used for over 20 years in numerous surgical fields to enhance bone grafting, accelerate wound healing and reduce the risk of infection after surgery. Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for joint pain, soft tissue injuries, low back disc degeneration, and arthritis, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself. Dr. Shafi can determine if PRP is an appropriate option. Give us a call today to schedule an initial consultation or learn more.

Viscosupplementation

Viscosupplementation is used often in osteoarthrosis or degenerative arthritis of the knee, when the normal synovial or joint fluid becomes less functional (it loses its lubricating properties). Injecting the knee with a viscosupplement agent, such as Hyalgan or Synvisc, can be a very effective medical tool to help restore normal biomechanical function and viscous/elastic properties, which help the joint act more biomechanically efficient. 
This treatment is very effective for sports injuries and for athletes that love to run, bike, hike or participate in any sports that puts stress on the knees. It is also a great alternative to for people who are suffering from arthritis and would like to avoid knee replacement surgery. The viscosupplementation is covered by most insurances. Viscosupplementation will help diminish inflammation to an extent, as well as improve the lubricating capabilities of the joints.

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